Mr Scott Carlson > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States
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eDiscovery and Information Governance


Mr. Carlson founded and Chairs Seyfarth Shaw’s eDiscovery and Information Governance practice and is nationally known in the these areas. His practice is entirely devoted to eDiscovery and information governance issues from both the consulting and litigation perspective. Mr. Carlson teaches a Masters of Law course on the subjects of eDiscovery, digital evidence, and computer forensics. Mr. Carlson’s strong technical background includes a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and experience working in private industry as a software engineer. Mr. Carlson represents and provides eDiscovery advice to a broad range of clients from small and mid-sized companies up to the nation’s largest companies. He has represented clients in the all aspects of eDiscovery both in terms of preparedness and managing eDiscovery issues in individual matters throughout the country in both state and federal court. Mr. Carlson also advises clients in other information governance issues including, among others, computer forensics issues, records information management, information security / cyber security and IT related policies and practices. Also an experienced litigator, Mr. Carlson has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes including commercial contracts, purchase agreements, lease agreements, Uniform Commercial Code transactions, misappropriation of trade secrets, software licensing agreements shareholder suits, and tortious interference claims. He has also defended clients in actions involving negligence, wrongful death, fraud, retaliatory discharge, mass tort, and a variety of class actions. Mr. Carlson is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands. Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being “five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm.”


Georgetown Law Center’s Advanced eDiscovery Institute (Faculty Member); Federal Bureau of Investigation – Infragard; American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (National Steering Committee Member); International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution: eDiscovery Committee (Member); The John Marshall School of Law (Adjunct Professor); High Technology Crime Investigation Association (Midwest Chapter) (Member); Illinois State Bar Association (Member); Kane County Bar Association (Member); International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) (Former Faculty Member); Law360 eDiscovery Editorial Advisory Board (Member); Lean Six Sigma Green Belt; Lorman Education Series (Member); Lorman Education Series (Former Editor); The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 (Member)


– J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law (1995) summa cum laude Casenote and Comment Editor, Southern Illinois University Law Journal – B.S., University of Illinois (1987) – Licensed Private Detective (Illinois 115.002221)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

The privacy and security practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for clients in a range of issues from compliance matters to incident response. Information governance expert Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski, who focuses on the emerging technology sector, jointly head the team from the Houston and Chicago offices, respectively. Also recommended are Chicago-based Bart Lazar, who handles regulatory compliance and security breach work; Richard Lutkus in San Francisco, who has particular experience in the technology sector; and Washington DC-based Karla Grossenbacher, who is a name to note for workplace privacy issues. New York-based commercial litigator Tracee Davis joined from Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP.

United States > Dispute resolution > E-discovery

Areas of expertise for the group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP span all aspects of information governance, including e-discovery, data management, privacy and information security. All attorneys on the team are litigators, with substantial experience in court. The department is chaired from Chicago by Scott Carlson, who has a degree in computer science and mathematics and experience as a software engineer. Also in Chicago, Jay Carle is a seasoned e-discovery litigator. In San Francisco, Richard Lutkus handles civil and criminal litigation, as well as advising clients on cybersecurity, privacy and digital forensics matters; while Kathleen McConnell, promoted to partner in January 2019, chairs the e-discovery analytics strategy group.